Update: The remix is even worse!
I find this song somewhat insulting and somewhat amusing. The supposedly “Arabic” phrase the chorus uses sounds like a drunk crack addict trying to recite the first half the shahada but then jokes around at the end. Busta also talks about gambling with Arafat, astagfirAllah. I dont know which Arafat he is referring to but there is only one popular Arafat that America knows and that is the deceased Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat (may Allah forgive him and grant him Jannah.).
The only good thing I found from the lyrics was this line:
I make you bow down and make salat like a Muslim
Maybe Busta forgot that there is no compulsion in the deen unless he was addressing the Muslims.
The last part is funny:
See, now I take trips to Baghdad dummy
While I use stacked chips and count Arab money now
I don’t need to get fresh, about to grow a beard duke
So much cake even the money look weird too
Domestic bread, and I’m broad, I’m tryna eat right
Prince Alwali, Bin Talal, Al Saul
They respect the value of my worth in Maui, Malaysia
Iran and Iraq, Saudi Arabia!
Busta Rhymes did say his intention wasn’t to insult or hurt the Arab culture. This is what he said:
“It’s called ‘Arab Money.’…’Take the Money’ or ‘Arab Money’,” he said before speaking on his interpretation of the song. “Sometimes, people like to twist things. We ain’t mockin’ the culture. we ain’t tryin’ to be disrespectful. Ain’t no racism going on right here. If you listen to the song, you see that we are actually acknowledging the fact that the Arabian culture, a middle East culture is one of the few cultures, that value passing down hard work riches that’s been built amongst the family.”
“It would be nice if a lot of other cultures did the same thing. Feel me? So, I would like for it to be like that in my culture where we could build things to the point where we got so much that we don’t need to rely on other cultures to contribute majorly in a financial way, or in whatever other way, to societies, communities or whatever governments we might live in. So, we are actually biggin’ up the culture. At the end of the day, I want to be like that. I think a lot of us want to be like that.”
Okay, I’ll respect his intentions but I still feel the song is insulting towards Islam, Muslims and Arabs. I ask Allah (swt) to guide Busta Rhymes and forgive him. After all he is still our Muslim brother.